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Amelia Virtual Care

Amelia Virtual Care from the book "How AI Can Democratize Healthcare" by Michael Ferro & Robin Farmanfarmaian


Amelia Virtual Care Website

Amelia Virtual Care (previously called Psious) is a VR software platform designed for qualified behavioral health professionals including therapists, psychologists, and psychiatrists to use VR as a therapy delivery tool in patient care. There are no set programs per condition, Amelia leverages VR as a flexible and personalized treatment delivery system used during patient sessions with their headset. Optional after-session homework is available, accessible to the patient at home using a smartphone and cardboard headset.

Both the telemedicine and the in-clinic options require the therapist to connect to the platform from a desktop computer, laptop, smartphone, or tablet. The Amelia platform can’t be accessed directly by patients, it is only administered through healthcare professionals.

The personalized VR environment can ask the patient for feedback, including about their Subjective Units of Discomfort (SUDS). Amelia’s VR kit also includes an electrodermal activity sensor that collects additional data about the physiological activation of the patient. Finally, the therapist can monitor the patient’s improvements thanks to the session’s reports.

About SUDS

SUDS is the acronym for Subjective Units of Discomfort Scale or Subjective Units of Distress Scale and is a widely used assessment tool to rate the intensity of anxiety and stress in people with social anxiety in a therapy session or while using a CBT technique. The patient rates their distress and anxiety on a scale of typically 0-10. Physiological activation describes the defense or stress reaction to a perceived danger or stress.


Founder Xavier Palomer & CEO Afsana Akhter

Founder Xavier Palomer

CEO Afsana Akhter